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Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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A lot of fun - great experience!

I cannot believe I have missed it all these years. I have been to Taupo so many times but never... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Spectacular. One of Taupo's free to all who visit attractions

From the bridge, from the viewing platforms, anywhere within the safety of all. This is one of the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Taupo, New Zealand
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Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

I cannot believe I have missed it all these years. I have been to Taupo so many times but never been to Aratiatia Rapids. May be because I never asked what it was all about. Only if I knew that I could see the water...More

Thank VSM99
Reviewed yesterday

From the bridge, from the viewing platforms, anywhere within the safety of all. This is one of the top attractions you cannot miss. We are locals and are still amazed by the force of the water, the views and natural habitat.

Thank brianandjudy2015
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was one of my top to do list As mention coming from a city like mine This is definitely a interesting experience for me. The damn itself was beautiful, the catchment area was also scenic to walk around Please ensure you know what time...More

Thank Mantatattoo
Reviewed 3 days ago

Short walk to the middle viewing point which is the best spot to see the gates open. Great to see how much water has to be let out every few hours.

Thank Tom G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I would definitely recommend the Rapids if you can be bothered driving 10 minutes out of town. The rise in water is slow but very dramatic. Just don't go for a swim below the dam like 1 moron did last year.

Thank James F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very cool!. Easy and free!. Watch the pool fill up and the rapids work. Minimal walking. Well worth the drive.

Thank Jill B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We went here today and it was worth the drive! (About 20 mins from Taupo) loads of parking with only a short walk to see the dam open. We watched the gate open then walked down a short path to view from the bottom which...More

Thank tashabelle89
Reviewed 1 week ago

Watch the power of the Rapids but make sure you are there when the dam is opened, 2times easy day. It's amazing to see the change from just a trickle to a mighty waterfall.

Thank KjestenA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was sharp 2 in the afternoon when the gates were open to this mesmerizing view of water gushing. Absolutely amazing!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not to be missed. Fabulous place to visit but make sure you know the times the water is going to be released. It was awesome sight watching the water being released and spilling over the rocks.

Thank lynh435
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Summer release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm Winter release hours: 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm
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December 20, 2015|
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